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Selke Finalists

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from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Once again, Datsyuk is a finalist for the Selke Award, along with Philadelphia Flyers center Mike Richards and Vancouver Canucks center/right winger Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks. All three have excellent credentials and define the concept “hard to play against.”

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The New ‘Lemieux’

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from Al Balderas of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

The Ducks created a lot of memorable moments during their six-game series victory over the San Jose Sharks but not many of them stood out more than the first goal scored by Bobby Ryan in Game 4.

Ryan took a pass from Ryan Getzlaf, skated into the slot and faked out Jonathan Cheechoo before beating goalie Evgeni Nobokov to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead.

“It’s so awesome to watch,” said Ryan’s teammate Teemu Selanne. “And I have the best seat in the house from the bench. I just need a beer.”...

Selanne compared Ryan, at this stage of his career, with Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux. Lemieux scored 690 goals and had more than 1,000 assists during his 17-year NHL career.

“He reminds of me Mario, when Mario came into the league,” Selanne said. “You can’t take the puck away from him. He’s so big and strong, and his reach is so good. And then you add all the skills that he has.”

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Best Of The Week

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Almost six minutes of the best hits, saves and goals from the past week in the NHL.

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Pressure Time

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from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

The pressure is on: The Devils. If Carolina doesn’t win, most pundits would credit them for pushing the favored Devils to seven games. Either way, interim coach Paul Maurice deserves to return next season. If the Devils don’t beat Carolina, it would be a serious collapse for a team some think has a serious chance to represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup finals….

The pressure is on: The Capitals. Rangers coach John Tortorella made a point of asking reporters during Monday’s meeting with the press if anybody thought the Rangers had a chance in Washington for Game 7. Nobody responded. “I appreciate your honesty,”...

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Poultry Fans: They’re Not Just Earl Anymore.  There Are Like Five More.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Good morning.  I’ve done you yet another favor, because I care.  The Starboard Side has been updated.  Gone are the BJs.  Bye. Thank you.  In their place? The Poultry blogs and media sources, a limited amount to be sure.

Some of you may view that section and think it skimpy.  I understand.

But when we present you with links and options, they are directly reflective of the amount of interest in that respective team…as determined by our highly scientific A2Y hockey fan census, conducted by interns from Delta College.

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Rangers Have A Chance

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Tortorella returned to the rink and to his team after serving his Game 6 suspension, a subject he refused to discuss following practice, dismissing a series of questions out of hand with the suggestion that people want too much information.

It was quintessential Tortorella, famous for demanding discipline and accountability, but apparently not obligated to practice either himself. Whatever. His personality quirks are not the story of Game 7, though the hubris with which he struts could influence the outcome if the Caps take the ice with the same amount of misplaced arrogance.

Maybe the Caps will be overconfident after winning Games 3, 5 and 6 so easily, though last year’s first-round Game 7 OT defeat at home to the Flyers after scratching back from down 3-1 will likely serve as a cautionary tale. Maybe the Caps will be like the Soviets at Lake Placid and underestimate their opponent.

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Ducks Do What They Do Best

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from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

It was a night of flying helmets, thrown gloves, and penalty boxes that forced you to take a number.

It was a Sixth Game but it was played like a Twelfth Round. Thanks to an all-hands-on-deck performance by the Ducks, there’s no need to worry about what’s left for Game 7.

Once again, the masters of the process of elimination snuffed out someone else’s season. The eighth-seeded Ducks sent San Jose off to another summer of doubt with a 4-1 victory that ended this first-round series in six terrific games.

And, for the fifth time, the Ducks will take on another wary rival, the Detroit Red Wings, in a Western Conference semifinal that will begin in Hockeytown.

Opponents are now 0-9 when they try to avoid season’s end in Anaheim, and this time it was especially well-timed because Game 7 would have been in San Jose Wednesday night.

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Morning Line

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“We didn’t come through again. The bottom line is they were better than us and that is unfortunate.”

-Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov after losing to the Ducks last night.  More from the Sharks at SanJoseSharks.com.

added 11:36am, Rob Blake, Evgeni Nabokov, Dan Boyle, Patrick Marleau and Coach Todd McLellan spoke with members of the media after Game 6 against the Anaheim Ducks… watch below.

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Sharks Go Silent

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from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

A common question in the locker room afterward was one that’s been discussed around here since the Sharks fell behind at the start of the series: Do you think this team needs to be broken up at this point?

Most players (and we’re only talking four or five at most) said that really wasn’t up to them and they’d defer to the people who make those decisions. Only one — Rob Blake — said he’d keep the team together. And, considering his contract expires on June 30, did he want to be back for more? Yes, he did.

Me, I wanted to find out what Coach Todd McLellan said to the team in the post-handshake locker room. McLellan said he and his staff said nothing.

“We haven’t talked yet. We left them alone. It’s their time,” he said. “Coaches, they hear us all year. They need to be alone right now, talking to each other. We’ll have many days to talk to them coming up.”

OK, so I asked a few players what they had to say to each other?

As it turns out: Nothing. Just silence.

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Blackhawks Prove They Are A Good Team

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from Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Winning a road playoff game and closing out a wounded team to avoid a Game 7 are steps in the maturation process that the Blackhawks can cross of their list after their Stanley Cup playoff series-clinching 4-1 victory over the Flames late Monday night. But the more players talked afterwards, the more it seemed those goals weren’t all they were playing for. Young or not, this was about showing people that the Blackhawks have officially arrived.

‘‘We want to be more than a fun team to watch,’’ Adam Burish said. ‘‘We wanted to show that we’re a good hockey team. It’s more than just filling the building and being OK. We want to be a great team. We want to go deep in the playoffs. We want to show people. That was the edge we had tonight.’‘

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added 8:10am, Scotty Bowman was on Fan590 this morning and said the key of the series was Chicago shutting down Jarome Iginla.  Bowman also talks, about the Canucks, San Jose/Anaheim and a few other topics.

Click to listen to the interview.

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